Lies Jane Austen Told Me – Julie Wright

lies jane austen told me - julie wrightLies Jane Austen Told Me
– Julie Wright

Genre : Contemporary romance

Lies Jane Austen Told Me is the first book I read by author Julie Wright. I didn’t know what to expect when I started it but wasn’t disappointed. This was a great, entertaining contemporary romance and I enjoyed reading it. Also, I absolutely love the cover of this one!

♥ The story 

Lies Jane Austen Told Me : Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.
But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn’t until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas’s biological niece.
Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.
Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it’s time for him to love her back.

♥ My review 

First of all, you must know one thing about me. It’s that I absolutely ADORE Jane Austen. I know it sounds cliché but she really is one of my favorite author. So obviously, the blurb of this book appealed to me. But I won’t lie and admit that I’m not fond of love triangles and when I read about Emma‘s love interest being the brother of her actual boyfriend, I was a bit skeptical. Turns out, it worked! And I wasn’t put off by it at all.

At the start I was a little confused about Emma talking about her break-up with Jane Austen but what is certain is that I was hooked anyways and I wanted to know more about her story. Emma is an endearing character. She has a painful memory about her mother which you could feel so strongly it hurts. She’s compassionate, hard-working, loyal and just so though, it’s admirable.

I love the bond she instantly forms with Lucas. You can feel their connection immediately. But most of all, I absolutely love her relationship with Blake, which is really surprising. At the start you won’t get why I just said that but as you keep reading, you’ll understand and please when you do, let’s just talk about it because I thought it was wonderful and I admired both even more for this. All the secondary characters were great, I loved the Hamptons, April, Silvia and Jeremy.

About the story, it was the sweetest contemporary romance. There’s no explicit intimate scenes and I normally don’t mind them but it’s been so long since I’ve read something just sweet and romantic like this story. You can just feel the love.

Also, special mention to Caroline Hampton and her speech about Jane Austen. I totally agree with her and if you’re a fan of this wonderful woman and author, you’ll love this book. All the references are a really nice touch.

My only tiny disappointment is that I felt the end was a bit rushed. I’d have loved it for it to be dragged some more. But, oh well, all good things must come to an end.

Have you read it ? I’d love to discuss this book 🙂



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